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Drawing Lab 18 | One-Liners

The Assignment | Unit 3 Lab 18 | One-Liners

The task: Draw an object using one line only. Don’t think too much. Just let the pen “flow over the paper”.

Artist 1: Janet, aka Gramma Mim

My Process: I tend to keep Logic Brain and Artist Brain in separate rooms because they do notplay well together, always bickering and fighting for dominance like a couple of politicians, so this is a good exercise for me. It would be a great lunge forward if Artist Brain could burble “Oh, I didn’t think of that!” and Logic Brain burbled (albeit with characteristic reserve) “Oh, I didn’t envision that!” Simply for the betterment of  the nation art.  (Micron Pen)

Lesson Learned:  Artist Brain: “Tap into your inner Zen and be at peace with the process.”

End Notes:  Logic Brain: “Am I the only one wondering how the heck the water stays in that vase?!”

Artist 2: Angie

I genuinely love one-liners. The “flow” coupled with unexpected turns makes me happy. One-liners are like life: You’re in it ’til the end, but who says you can’t follow your own path? Those strange lines add character and make it all the more interesting.


Next week: We’ll be on vacation in Bodega Bay. Instead of diving into Lab 19, Picasso Dogs, I’ll be posting more faces from Lab 16 | 100 Faces.


The Drawing Lab is a weekly linkup inspired by Carla Sonheim’s book Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists. Each Thursday, I post drawings from three generations of my family, my mom, myself and my 5 year old daughter.

You are welcome to play along! Share your drawing and a brief recap of your process, positive or negative. Post your work on your blog or on Flickr.

Please remember, this is raw creativity. Our drawings won’t be perfect or gallery ready, instead they will be an organic starting place for the artist inside each of us. For more about this series, check out my kickoff post. Happy drawing! Angie


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